Publisher: Del Rey
In the Far Future, young Thorby is sold in a slave market to an old beggar who is more than he seems to be; and Thorby takes part in many adventures as he climbs the ladders of power and learns the truth of his own identity.
Citizen of the Galaxy takes place far in the future when the human race has spread out to colonize other planets. In a slave market in the capital of Jubbul and of the Nine Worlds, an auctioneer announces, “Lot ninety-seven. A boy.”
Slavery is commonplace in Jubbul, and the sight of a ragged, starving boy, Thorby, on the auction block is not unusual. What does puzzle bystanders and Thorny himself is his purchase by crippled Baslim, the beggar who sits every day in a corner of the marketplace.
Thorby soon discovers that Baslim is no ordinary beggar. Master of languages and superb teacher, Baslim leads a mysterious undercover life that brings Thorby eventually to his own adventure on the Free Trading starship Sisu and finally to the truth about Baslim’s identity and his own.